Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio - Photo courtesy of www.libyaobserver.ly Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio - Photo courtesy of www.libyaobserver.ly

Italian FM says Berlin Conference ‘successful,’ praises Egypt’s role in Libya

Mon, Jan. 20, 2020
CAIRO – 20 January 2020: Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio made positive remarks about Berlin Conference on Libya, saying that it will be “successful,” according to Italian newspaper Corriere di Viterbo.

He expressed Italy’s readiness to host the coming meeting to implement the practical policy, revealing that he met with his Egyptian and Turkish counterparts on the sidelines of the conference.

Di Maio stressed that Egypt has a great influence on the Libyan parties, adding that Italy is working to guarantee the ceasefire and to begin a peace process to achieve stability in Libya.

Italian newspaper Corriere di Viterbo quoted Di Maio as saying that Berlin Conference will be a success as it gathered all key actors in the conflict around a table of discussions. He asserted that the Libyan conflict is affecting Italy and Europe. "A few kilometers away from our beaches, there is a civil conflict that turned into a war.”

He added, “The outcomes of the conference will certainly be positive, but the countries of the European Union should demand the start of a political process immediately. The blockade imposed on Libyan oil exports weakens the people.”

The Italian foreign minister ensured, "This war helps terrorist cells spread, leading to the presence of humanitarian emergencies, as the lives of many Libyan citizens are in danger."

On the sidelines of Berlin Conference on Sunday, Di Maio met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, where they discussed regional issues of mutual concern, the rapid developments on the Libyan scene, and ways to push efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement that addresses all aspects of the crisis.

Both sides also stressed the importance of enhancing the chances of success of the Berlin political process by addressing everything that would hinder that path.
Berlin conference on Libya Kicked off Sunday with the aim of concluding a truce between warring parties and paving the way for reconstruction under an elected civilian government.

The Participating States in the Berlin Conference on Libya pledged not to interfere in Libyan domestic affairs.

The countries taking part in the conference include Egypt, the United States, Russia, China, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Turkey, European Union, the UAE, Algeria, and Congo. This is in addition to the Arab League and African Union. The Tunisian president declined the invitation to attend the conference because it was late.

In a conclusion statement, they said that the ongoing situation in Libya threatens the international stability and security, calling upon the conflicting parties in Libya to make a truce.

They also called on the United Nation Security Council to impose sanctions against any Libyan party that violates the ceasefire, the leaked statement said.
 
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